Development and evaluation of addiction treatment programs in Latin America

Rodrigo Marín-Navarrete, María Elena Medina-Mora, Alejandro Pérez-López, Viviana E. Horigian

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Abstract

Purpose of review The aim of this article is to present a state-of-The-Art review of the scientific studies that have evaluated healthcare systems, services and programs for addiction treatment in Latin America. As a secondary aim, this article presents a brief description and analysis of the addiction prevention and treatment resources and programs available in Latin America, based on information from the ATLAS on Substance Use (ATLAS-SU) project led by the WHO. Recent findings Substance use disorders (SUDs) are among the main causes associated with global burden of disease. Around the world, many initiatives have been proposed to promote policies to reduce substance use and reduce the impact of SUD, including integrating treatments into healthcare systems, increasing access to treatment programs and impacting outcome measures. In Latin America, multiple efforts have been implemented to improve addiction services and programs, although little is known about the impact they have generated. Summary International studies report the availability of strategies and public inicitatives on prevention and treatment of addiction in Latin America. These studies also report established networks of public and private services that include prevention and detoxification programs, outpatient and residential treatment, and also social reintegration initiatives. However, despite these advances, information on the evaluation of the progress, results and impact of these programs is limited.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)306-314
Number of pages9
JournalCurrent Opinion in Psychiatry
Volume31
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Jul 1 2018

Keywords

  • Latin America
  • addiction
  • evaluation
  • substance use disorders
  • treatment programs

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Psychiatry and Mental health

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